COUNCIL chiefs have revealed details of how people can access a fund for those in need – after concerns were raised that about the amount of cash that had been dished out.
The crisis support scheme, operated by Staffordshire County Council, was thrust into the news recently after Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths (pictured) revealed that only £43,532.30 had been dished out from a total figure of £1.475 million handed down by the government.
Council bosses said that it was a lack of awareness that meant people were not accessing the fund and have now offered some top tips on how people who need it can get help.
A spokesman told the Mail: “The fund assists people who are in exceptional need to address immediate hardship where they are unable to access other types of support.
“It seeks to provide assistance to those people with the highest levels of need where they are unable to meet their immediate short term needs or where they require assistance to maintain their independence in the community.”
People who are eligible to apply to the scheme have to be:
• Aged 16 or over; and
• Without access to sufficient funds to meet needs.
A council spokesman added: “All requests will be considered on an individual basis with due account given to the vulnerability and personal circumstances of each applicant.
“There will normally be a limit on awards to a maximum of two in any 12 month period unless there are exceptional circumstances.
“Awards will not be made in the form of cash. However, if the applicant is assessed as needing help, support will be provided in the form of food, clothing, furniture or heating.
“People will not be expected to pay back what they receive.”
Staffordshire County Council works with a number of organisations to allow appropriate support to be given.
This means that people don’t have to worry about sourcing what they need themselves, or the quality of the goods or services they receive.
More information on the scheme is available by calling 03001 118008.